Circuit Cellar Ink 154
May 2003

Table of Contents


Jennifer Huber

HTML Task Manager

Variety is the Spice of Life


John Gorsky

New Product News

  • PC/104 Shock Rocks shock and vibration isolators from Parvus Corp.
  • DAC8571 and DAC8574 16-bit DACs with I2C from Texas Instruments, Inc.
  • XE1202SK low-cost tranceiver development platform from XEMICS
  • MAX7440, MAX7441, and MAX7442 6-channel video filters from Maxim Integrated Products
  • LAB-X4 PIC experimenter board with LCD from MicroEngineering Labs, Inc.
  • ADXL311 integrated low-power low-g MEMS accelerometer from Analog Devices, Inc.


David Tweed

HTML Test Your EQ


Michael Griebling

General-Purpose Cable Tester

Stand-Alone or with a GUI

Michael built his first cable tester with an Apple II, Basic compiler, and several decoders and multiplexers. Twenty-five years later, it's still hard to find cost-effective, general-purpose cable testers. So he's at it again, but this time he's armed with a PIC micro and JAL.

Download: griebling154.ZIP


Ross Tsukashima

Automotive G-Force Meter

Challenging the Factory Specs

How accurate are the specs car companies publish in their glossy brochures? Asking himself the same question, Ross decided to challenge a factory's numbers with his own G-force meter. Not only is the meter inexpensive, it fits on the lid of an ordinary travel mug.

Download: tsukashima154.ZIP


John Moyer

HTML Automatic Temp Controller

Data Logger for Slow Cooker

Most chefs would argue that barbecuing is more art than science. Nevertheless, John introduced ATmega8-based technology to the procedure. The result? An automatic temperature controller that eliminates the need for constant vigilance when slow cooking.

Download: moyer154.ZIP


Arthur Musah

DTMF-Controlled Remote Switching System

Interested in remotely controlling your sprinklers, house lights, and air conditioners with a phone and a password? In this article, Arthur shows you how to do so by connecting his MSP430 microcontroller-based DTMF-controlled switching system to a telephone line.

Download: musah154.ZIP


Zoltan Molnar


Bluetooth Interface for Embedded Systems

Blueport is a compact, card-sized module that you can implement as a smart SPI peripheral. By following Zoltan's lead, you can achieve seamless wireless communication for your embedded applications. It's time to say goodbye to those piles of cables.

Download: molnar154.ZIP


Robert Morrison

Updating the Home Control System

Part 3: The Complete Upgrade Solution

Now that you're familiar with Robert's FPGA design methodology, it's time to get your hands dirty. In the final installment of his series, Robert describes the hardware, firmware, and software you'll need to start working on a home automation project of your own.

Download: morrison154.ZIP

Embedded PC


Fred Eady

Applied PCs

New ICE Age, MPLAB ICE 2000 Replaces PICMASTER

Keeping up with the latest and greatest technology, Fred ditched his PICMASTER for the MPLAB ICE 2000. Not only was the transition from his PICMASTER a smooth one, it enhanced his mobility, because the MPLAB ICE 2000 is ideal for use with laptops.

Short Solutions


Brian Millier

Poor Man's Front Panel

Not every design problem requires a complicated, expensive solution. For instance, you don't have to lose your mind and wallet the next time you find yourself scrounging for a front panel. In this article, Brian shows you how to maximize your time and money.

Download: millier154.ZIP


Jeff Bachiochi

From the Bench

Making Sense of the Gerber File Format

Jeff enjoys writing reviews about the devices that affect his daily engineering routine. This month, he covers the story of photoplotter technology. Read on as he makes sense of the Gerber "plot."


Tom Cantrell

Silicon Update

Digilog Deja Vu

Tom's been working the analog PLD beat for us for several years now. This latest update comes on the heels of his recent investigation into Anadigm -- one of the fresher faces to hit the "digilog" scene.


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Steve Ciarcia

HTML Priority Interrupt

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